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Cranberry Orange Banana Bread

If you love banana bread, you will really enjoy this Cranberry Orange Banana Bread. The beautiful addition of dried cranberries and fresh orange juice brings this banana bread to the next level.

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Banana Bread With Cranberries and Orange:

This is a sweet bread fit for any occasion during the holidays. It is easy to make and very good for breakfast, brunch, or late afternoon, next to a cup of tea or coffee.

Banana bread is such a great comforting bread that everyone loves. However, this version that adds fresh orange juice and zest together with dried cranberries will soon become a favorite in your house.

A bonus for this recipe is the addition of nuts. I like the different textures and flavors in this bread, and I always look forward to making this recipe when I have ripe bananas sitting around.

What kind of ingredients you need for this banana bread with cranberries and orange:

(see the amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the article):

All-purpose flour

The recipe requires all-purpose flour, which is the most available flour in most American households. If you have self-rise flour, you will need to skip the baking powder and salt, as these ingredients are parts of this flour type.

Baking powder

Baking powder helps the bread rise, so please do not skip it.

Salt

Salt is an essential ingredient in baking as it enhances and balances the flavors of the baked goods.

Light brown sugar

You can replace it with the same amount of granulated sugar or dark brown sugar. If you use dark brown sugar, the bread will be darker in color and denser with a more caramel or molasses flavor.

Bananas

Any respectable banana bread has overripe bananas. I truly believe this bread was invented for these bananas sitting on the kitchen counter and not being loved. Like the zucchini bread using extra zucchini or carrot cake, using carrots, right?

Orange

We will need the zest and the juice from an orange.

Walnuts

Walnuts are my choice for this recipe, but pecans or chopped almonds are good too. If you are allergic to nuts, you can skip them.

Dried cranberries

The original recipe requires cranberries but if you don’t have them around, use dried tart cherries or raisins. Remember that raisins provide more sweetness, while cherries are tart.

Large eggs

I use large eggs in all my baking as they are the most popular and easy to find in my area.

Sunflower oil

Any vegetable oil would work, even olive oil, as long as it is not flavored.

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How to make this recipe?

Step 1.

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a loaf baking pan. Set aside.

Step 2.

Sieve the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a mixing bowl.

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Step 3.

Stir in sugar, mashed bananas, orange zest, nuts, and dried cranberries.

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Step 4.

Mix orange juice, oil, and eggs until well combined.

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Step 5.

Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. 

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Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

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Bake for an hour until firm to the touch or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

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Turn out the loaf and leave it to cool on a wire rack.

This bread will keep fresh for about 2-3 days. Wrap it and store it in a cool, dry place.

Can you freeze/refrigerate this bread

If you plan on eating this bread right away, keep it wrapped in foil on the counter.

I would not keep it in the refrigerator, as the bread will dry out really fast.

It is a perfect bread to freeze for later use. It would keep well in the freezer for up to three months.

I want to substitute X with Y ingredient.

I did not experiment with other ingredients, so I cannot tell you what would happen if you would start replacing them. After all, baking is chemistry, and you need to know what you are doing. However, if you like experimenting and come up with something brilliant, please come back and let me know in the comments.

Interested in more banana bread recipes?

Cocoa Walnuts Banana Bread

Delicious cream cheese banana bread 

Easy banana-buttermilk pancakes

Easy Banana Nut Muffins

Yield: 10 servings

Cranberry Orange Banana Bread

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Cranberry Orange Banana Bread is a quick bread to make any day you crave something delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • zest from one orange
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • orange juice from 1 orange (or 5-6 tablespoons orange juice)
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2/3 cup sunflower oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a loaf baking pan. Set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  4. Stir in sugar, mashed bananas, orange zest, nuts, and dried cranberries.
  5. Mix orange juice, oil, and eggs until well combined. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and blend them well.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for an hour until firm to the touch or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Turn out the loaf and leave it to cool on a wire rack.
  9. This bread will keep fresh for about 2-3 days. Wrap it and store it in a cool, dry place.

Notes

Ingredients and replacements:

The recipe requires all-purpose flour, which is the most available flour in most American households. If you have self-rising flour, you will need to skip the baking powder and salt, as these ingredients are both parts of this type of flour.

Light brown sugar- you can replace it with the same amount of granulated sugar or dark brown sugar. If you use dark brown sugar, the bread will be darker in color and denser with a more caramel or molasses flavor.

Walnuts are my choice for this recipe, but pecans or chopped almonds are good too. If you are allergic to nuts, you can skip them.

I want to substitute the X ingredient with the Y ingredient.
I did not experiment with other ingredients, so I cannot tell you what would happen if you would start replacing them. However, if you like experimenting and come up with something brilliant, please come back and let me know in the comments.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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Linda

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Yes I made this recipe , it was totally amazing ! And I added a little extra something to it . So very delicious. Got to make 5 more loafs for the holidays! Thanks bossy kitchen !

The Bossy Kitchen

Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Awesome, Linda! Thank you for your comment! Happy holidays!

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